The Sell Decision: What to Do After a Severe Market Meltdown

by Donald Cassidy

As usual, no one “rang the bell” when the 2002–2007 bull market topped out in October/November a year back. Thus, from where we stand now, it would seem somewhat lame to say ‘these are the reasons you should have lightened up long before the recent meltdown.’

This article, instead, will focus on what to do in and after a severe bear market if you are investing your own portfolio of individual stocks.

When to Sell: Normal Times

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Donald Cassidy was senior research analyst for Lipper Inc., a Reuters Co., from 1990 to 2006. He recently founded the Retirement Investing Institute, a nonprofit educational foundation, and is the author of five books on personal investing, including “It’s When You Sell That Counts” (now in its third edition). Contact the author at


Donald Smith from California posted about 1 year ago:

A very good article.It had the effect of stiffening my resolve to do what must be done in these advverse conditions..Thank you
Donald Smith

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